Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics (Hiroshima-Nagasaki Feature—Issue 56, August 2015)

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The Pacific Theater

rendered the bomber

a performance of innovation:

the gunner’s wing, the gunner’s


gun turrets on the fuselage

(four guns in later versions),

more turrets

beneath the fuselage,


with guns and guns and guns, each

gun on a mission.

By ear we follow,

accelerate our capacity to sub-

contract a form of touch

a reach

from land to air to land.

A move to precision,

to computers

to strikes now carried out by drones,

a game:

pin the “Fat Man” to the map,

pin the mission to the morning,

paint the pilot and his damage into


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